Gastrointestinal Associated Specialists
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Protect your health with regular screenings by trusted endoscopists.

Colorectal cancer generally begins as small noncancerous growths called polyps. But with regular screenings, our board-certified gastroenterologists can find and remove these polyps before they become cancerous.

Are you at risk?

Colorectal cancer is most common in people 50 and older and those with a family history of the disease or a personal history of colorectal cancer, polyps or inflammatory bowel disease. Unfortunately, by the time symptoms are present, colorectal cancer can be in an advanced stage. The good news, however, is that colorectal cancer is highly survivable... if it is diagnosed and treated early.

Regular screenings can save your life.

The best defense against colorectal cancer is regular screenings. The American Cancer Society recommends routine colorectal screenings beginning at age 50, earlier for people with higher risks (such as family history). Because it allows direct visual examination of the inside of the entire colon, colonoscopy is considered the “gold standard” screening method. Also, any precancerous polyps found during the screening can be removed during the procedure, preventing their progression to colorectal cancer.

Our skilled endoscopists offer security & peace of mind.

While colonoscopies are sometimes performed by other physicians with only weeks (or less) of training, gastroenterologists have years of training. Also, studies show that GI specialists are more likely to examine the entire colon and to detect polyps. At Gastrointestinal Associated Specialists, our board-certified gastroenterologists, James M. Walden, MD, and Gregory A. Schnell, MD, have performed many thousands of colonoscopies safely and effectively.

Don’t take a chance with your health. Be screened regularly. And for skill and accuracy, trust the highly trained, experienced and compassionate specialists. Call today at (816) 527-0031 or use our online Patient Portal. For additional information on any condition, treatment or procedure, please visit our Health Education Library.